Tourist Attraction

OGOH-OGOH Parade – Bali’s “New Years Eve”

The famous OGOH-OGOH parade is where Balinese men and boys parade large, mythological (mostly demonic) creatures through the streets on the eve of Nyepi.  This is known as Bali’s ‘New Year’s Eve” and is accompanied by much noise and gamelan music.

Ogoh ogoh is a kind of statue / giant doll which is made of light materials eg. combinations of wood, bamboo, paper, and styrofoam, so it is easy to be lifted and paraded. They are usually made by groups of village artists.

As with many creative endeavours based on Balinese Hinduism, the creation of Ogoh-ogoh represents spirituality inspired by Hindu philosophy.

An Ogoh-ogoh generally stands on a pad built of timber planks/bamboos. The pad is designed to sustain the Ogoh-ogoh while it is being lifted and carried around the village or the town square. There are normally eight or more men carrying the Ogoh-ogoh on their shoulders.

During the procession, the Ogoh-ogoh is rotated counter-clockwise three times. This act is done at every T-junction and crossroad. (Rotating the effigies is intended to bewilder the evil spirits so that they go away and cease harming human beings).

Tourists and visitors are welcome to watch the parades, take pictures and witness this unique spectacle. Some of these ogoh-ogohs are actually burnt after the parade as a symbol of self purification. A unique spectacle!

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The Rice Terraces of Jatiluwih

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Jatiluwih village, north of Tabanan, has a stunning stretch of paddy fields. Here the landscape is dramatic and the rice fields are distinguished by their large size and high quality.
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Located approximately 40kms from Denpasar, or about 2 hours by road, Jatiluwih is one of the most beautiful places to visit on Bali. The scenic drive through the charming villages of Tabanan adds to the experience.

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Not surprisingly, Jatiluwih was recently listed as a UNESCO World’s Heritage site for its preservation of traditional and organic Balinese farming techniques. These include the traditional Balinese irrigation system known as ‘subak’ where farmers share water – a tradition that dates back centuries.

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A recommended tourist destination by Exclusively bali!

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Road Name Confusion?…

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Road Names

It is easy to become a little confused with road names since the roads in Bali often have several alternate names.

Below are a list of main road names, with their alternate names:

Jalan Arjuna = Jalan Double Six, Jalan 66
Jalan Raya Seminyak = Jalan Raya Basangkasa
Jalan Dhyana Pura = Jalan Caplak Tanduk
Jalan Laksmana = Jalan Oberoi, Jalan Kayu Aya
Jalan Pantai Legian = Jalan Blue Ocean
Jalan Mertanadi = Jalan Penjara

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Ultimate Homewares Tour November 2016

ULTIMATE HOMEWARES TOUR

A ladies getaway focused on fun, food, shopping, pampering and cocktails!

During your stay enjoy a fully hosted tour inclusive of:

  • Fully escorted shopping in air-conditioned vehicle

  • Private Airport Transfers

  • 6 nights Luxury Beachfront Accommodation 

  • Welcome Pack

  • Welcome Cocktails

  • Breakfast daily

  • Daily Happy Hour

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi thoughout the resort

  • Complimentary use of Gym Facilities

  • Complimentary scheduled shuttle to Kuta and Seminyak

  • Fully escorted shopping to handpicked designer retail and wholesale outlets

  • Guided Central Bali wholesale shopping 

  • 4 hr Brunch at a 5 star resort inclusive of select premium red/white wines & cocktails

  • Delicious High Tea

  • Indulgent Spa Session

And still plenty of opportunities to grab some ‘me time’ or relax with some like-minded ladies.

Come along with your bestie, your mum or your daughter or be very welcomed as a solo guest.

Dates are from 1-7 November, 2016

Note: This tour will be kept small and exclusive. Numbers are strictly limited!

Email your expression of interest to exclusivelybali@gmail.com

Balinese Offerings to the Gods…

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Daily offerings to God, also known as canang sari or blessings, are a fundamental part of every day life for the Balinese.  Canang Sari are usually made every morning.

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The Hindu Balinese believe offerings appease the spirits and brings prosperity and good health to the family. It is a duty and an honour at the same time.

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The placing of offerings can be seen daily on beaches, footpaths, at temple steps and shrines.  It is a daily ritual of giving back what has been given to you by the Gods. It is believed to be a sharing based on gratitude for the privilege of existence.

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When Hindus devote their offerings and prayers, it is believed God’s universe is recharged and continues its existence unaffected. To not observe this responsibility is to bring disturbance upon the Balinese and their world.

Offerings are made on a daily basis crafted from the natural kaleidoscope of beauty found in Bali’s forests, farms and general vegetation.

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Sunset gazing at La Plancha…

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La Plancha is casual, sunset dining at its easiest.  Pull up a brightly-coloured bean bag and enjoy the view.  Simple, unpretentious Spanish food.  Be sure to arrive early to secure a seat as the bean bags are taken quickly.

A popular and arguably romantic beachfront location for sunset gazing over the Indian Ocean.

Address:  Jl. Dhyana pura, Seminyak – Bali

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A popular Ubud attraction….

THE SACRED MONKEY FOREST

The Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud is beautiful and definitely worth a visit.

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The monkeys are interesting. The temples are great. The walkway down to the river and across a the bridge is scenic.

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It is a lovely opportunity to see families of monkeys, including lots of baby monkeys with their mothers. The monkeys are used to tourists unlike in other areas of Bali, so unless you have food to attract them, the Guides are generally quite good at ensuring the monkeys keep their distance.

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Entry fee is 20,000 pp (for the day). It is worth it just to walk around to break the pace of life outside.  It is quite cool and lush within the forest with lots of great photo opportunities.

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Note:  DO NOT bring or consume food anywhere in or close by the forest.  Monkeys can be aggressive if you have food.

Mandala Wisata Wenara Wana

(Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary)
Address : Jalan Monkey Forest, Padangtegal, Ubud
Bali, Indonesia (80571)
Phone    : +62 361 971304, 972774
Email     : info@monkeyforestubud.com
Website : www.monkeyforestubud.com

Opening hours : everyday from 8.30 am – 6 pm

http://www.monkeyforestubud.com/

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A top Golf course on the island – & how to play at “bargain” prices!

Nirwana Bali Golf Club

Jalan Raya Tanah Lot, Tabanan, Tabanan, Bali 82171 , Indonesia

(Formerly Nirwana Bali Golf Club)

+62 361 81590

Designed by Greg Norman, the golf course offers a spectacular challenge and a unique world-class experience for golfers of all skill levels. With three holes running along the cliffs of the Indian ocean and terraced rice paddies providing unique hazards the course will test the accuracy and consistency of a PGA Professional and still be enjoyable for the average golfer.

Set on the southwest coast of Bali 45 minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport. Nirwana is a wonderful course with breathtaking views.  The caddies are knowledgeable and well trained.

The highlights are the sea side holes, with the Par 3 Hole 7 as its ultimate masterpiece.

Golf is renowned to be pricey in Bali.  A shrewd option is to book with Raffles Golf – a club run by expats that is based at Kuta Golf Club in Pecuta. They have organised competitions three times a week, which you can join. Playing courses will vary.  They have prizes and novelties.

Normal green fee is approximately $160 USD but if you play with this fun group, you will only pay aproximately 1,000,000Rph which includes a caddy well versed on the course and a shared cart.

They make you very welcome and it’s a great day out. Highly recommended!

Here is a link to the website with lots of information:

http://rafflesgolfbali.com/

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One Stop Shopping in KUTA SQUARE

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If you’re a little “over” bartering at market stalls, head to Kuta Square for no effort shopping.  Here you will find a variety of shops including jewellery, shoes, sports and clothing stores with fixed prices.  Although fixed, prices are still very reasonable and allow for a wonderfully relaxed shopping experience.

Matahari Department store is located in this precinct too.  With air-conditioning and fixed prices, it’s a shoppers dream!  It covers several levels and sells almost everything.  Don’t forget to take advantage of the supermarket and reputable Money Changer on the ground floor also!

If you’ve worked up an appetite whilst shopping, there are several restaurants situated in this locale.  You’ll also find standard takeaway staples, McDonalds and KFC here too.

With Kuta Square on the doorstep to Kuta Art Markets, it’s too good a stress-free shopping destination to pass up.

HINT:  Drop hubby off at Gloria Jeans whilst you shop til you drop.   They sell decent coffee here and delish iced coffee too.  There’s also free wi-fi and he can chill in air-conditioning as you take advantage of the shopping bargains throughout Kuta Square.

Bluebird taxis’s are plentiful in this part of busy Kuta so there will be no problem in getting your shopping back to your hotel or villa once you have had enough.

Happy Shopping!!

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Fantastic family fun day!

BALI SAFARI & MARINE PARK

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It is easy to keep yourself and your children fully engaged at the wonderfully maintained and well presented Bali Marine & Safari Park. It is a day full of photo opportunities too: a picture at every turn!

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Tourists can enjoy a variety of performances as well as having the opportunity to ride and hand feed the elephants, take photos with them and learn of their ancestry and diversity at the parks historical and graphic displays.

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The aquarium is crystal clear with lots of fabulously attractive fish – and some pretty unattractive ones too!  Air-conditioned safari buses tour through the park leaving every 15minutues.  This allows you to be up close and personal to most of the animals.  You will be but a few feet from lions, hippo’s, rhino’s, zebra’s, cheetahs and more!

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If you wish to stay overnight, you are able to stay at the Mara River Safari Lodge.  In the evening, visitors can see wildlife roaming in their habitat.  There is also a restaurant which serves a range of food and beverages.

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Besides being an attractive tourist destination, Bali Safari Marine Park is also used as a breeding place for endangered animals, including the white tiger.

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When you need to cool off, the water park is an absolute hit with the kids. It has shallow play pools with spurting water, slides and big buckets so there is plenty of fun for older kids and adults too.

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I can highly recommend a visit to this Park.  Book a tour or arrange a driver to take you as it’s an approximate 2 hour drive from the southern resorts of Bali.

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HINT:  Don’t forget your hats and sunscreen.  Try to get there early as there is a lot to see.

Jl Prof Ida Bagus Mantra Km, 19.8, Bali 80551, Indonesia

62-361-95000

http://www.balisafarimarinepark.com/

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TANAH LOT: One of the most beautiful temples on the island

Tanah Lot is one of the most popular (& probably one of the most photographed) places of interest in Bali.  It is a temple located on the coast of West Bali, at the village of Beraban in the Tabanan Regency.

It’s also called known as Tanah Let which means ancient land and also Tanah Lod, which means the land to the south.

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It’s ocean-front location is dramatic built on a small promontory which is only accessible at low tide. Due to its shape, the rock that is Tanah Lot takes on the appearance of a large boat at sea during high water.

Poisonous snakes live in the nearby caves to ‘guard’ the temple and contribute to the temple’s dangerous reputation.

Sunset is the best time to visit Tanah lot, when the golden red skies frame the temple and waves crash into the rocks.

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HINT:  It is advisable to avoid the tourist crush here as it can be severe.